Greetings my friends and colleagues, I and some of my esteemed members of the Columbus Mindfulness Team have collected a few resources and thoughts that may gently help us, if need be, to regain your equanimity and protect you from emotional overreaction and will allow us to rest in the bigger picture.
- "We are all vulnerable and afraid, including me. None of us is exempt from this vulnerability, even those with professional name tags." -Rev. Joanne Laurence
- "Go Placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence"
- Equanimity is like the eye of the storm, the calm center, that is grounded in the knowledge that everything is constantly changing and much is out of our control.Think of a mature oak tree firmly rooted in the earth, it is not moved by the changing seasons or weather patterns. The tree owes this stability to its taproots.
- Equanimity isn't gritting your teeth or white-knuckling it. Rather, it, caring deeply but with a sense of ease. For me-this is an on-going challenge-is the acceptance of the fact that I don’t have control over any given situation.
- Equanimity and Mindfulness are closely interwoven. We can experience mindfulness from the beginning of our meditation practice, even if it's your first time.
- In my own practices, Mindfulness allows me to witness not only my breath, but my thoughts, feelings, frustrations and unnamed fears. Once I have recognized this brings me closer to an open mind and gives me the perspective to look at the bigger picture.
- Remember what your grandmother used to tell you, “All these troubles will come out in the wash”
If you are curious and would like to explore deeper, may I suggest: A Clinician’s Guide to teaching Mindfulness by Christine Wolf (MD)
A guide to some interesting YouTube beginners mindfulness explorations.
(Courtesy of Mr. Armando Rodriguez of the Columbus Mindfulness Team)
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Welcoming Activity Examples
Engaging Practice Ideas
- Partner discussions
- Share outs
- Hold up answers in video conference meetings, etc.
- Choose a favorite background for video conferences
- Ask participants to share a favorite / cherished item at home
- Pick a meeting theme for participants: wear sunglasses, wear a funny hat, etc.
- Be creative!
Optimistic Closure Examples
End meetings with sentence stems like:
CASEL has compiled an Optimistic Closure handout sharing the value of closure and reflection along with many more ideas.
- One key takeaway for me is...
- One question that I still have...
- One thing that was exciting / interesting for me was...
- My next step will be...
- This week, I'm looking forward to...